SCOTTISH STYLE AWARDS 2011 - GLASGOW, SCOTLAND
Judging Panel - Dinos Chapman
Jake and Dinos Chapman make iconoclastic sculpture, prints and installations that examine, with searing wit and energy, contemporary politics, religion and morality. Working together since their graduation from the Royal College of Art in 1990, the Chapmans first received critical acclaim in 1991 for a diorama sculpture created out of remodelled plastic figurines enacting scenes from Goya's 'Disasters of War' etchings. Later they took a single scene from the work and meticulously transformed it into a Great Deeds Against the Dead (1994), a life-size tableau of reworked fibreglass mannequins depicting three castrated and mutilated soldiers tied to a tree.
Arguably their most ambitious work was Hell (1999), an immense tabletop tableau that was destroyed by fire in 2004. The work was peopled with over 30,000 remodelled, 2-inch-high figures, many in Nazi uniform and performing egregious acts of cruelty. The work combined historical, religious and mythic narratives to present an apocalyptic snapshot of the twentieth-century. The Chapman Family Collection (2002) comprised a group of sculptures that bring to mind the loot from a Victorian explorer's trophy bag, yet many also portray characters from McDonald's. The conflation of the exotic fetish and the cheap fast-food giveaway, imperialism and globalisation, created a powerful sense of dislocation. Their most recent White Cube show, 'Like A Dog Returns To Its Vomit' (2005), was an exhibition of the Chapmans' graphic works, a large collection of etchings and drawings displayed on two walls and arranged in the shape of dogs. Many of the works were reinterpretations of Goya etchings, including the 'Disasters Of War' and 'Los Caprichos' series.
Jake Chapman was born in 1966 in Cheltenham, Dinos Chapman in 1962 in London. They live and work in London. They have exhibited extensively, including solo shows at Tate Liverpool (2006) Kunsthaus Bregenz (2005), Museum Kunst Palast D"usseldorf (2003) and Modern Art Oxford (2003). Group exhibitions have included ARS 06, Museum of Contemporary Art KIASMA, Helsinki, the Turner Prize, Tate Britain (2003) and PS1 Contemporary Art Center, New York (2000)